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Pastured Meat

You can purchase our meat products by joining our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, visiting the farmers markets, or pre-ordering for pick up online. (Please note we do not have a farm store that is open to the general public.)

If you are interested in purchasing bulk quantities of meat beyond what is listed through our website, please contact us.  We may be able to offer you a discount.

Our Animal Husbandry Methods
All of our animals are rotated around the pasture.  We do not use hormones and avoid antibiotics (the only time we ever use them is if an animal is suffering, which has been rare on our farm).  Our animals generally live happy and healthy lives, and we give them the best lives we can.  Remember that these animals have much better lives than most farm animals in this country, and have one bad moment, which is very quick, at the very end of their lives.  

Pigs are born on the farm and live in movable huts that sit in pasture enclosed by movable fences.  This allows us to control where the pigs graze and move them easily approximately once a week.  They feast on pasture plants, roots that they dig, and any insects in the pasture.  Occasionally the get vegetable scraps. They are supplemented with non-GMO feed.  In the winter, our pigs live on deep bedding, which protects our pasture from over-grazing and allows us to collect manure for composting. 

Laying hens and turkeys also live in mobile houses enclosed by movable fences.  During the day they can free-range their yard, and they go to bed in their mobile house of their own free will at sunset.  They graze on grass and bugs and are supplemented with non-GMO feed.  We move their entire 3/4 acre yard approximately once every 2 weeks, which meters out their manure creating a better pasture than before.  In the winter, the laying hens move into a greenhouse and live on deep bedding to keep them safe, warm, and dry.

Broiler chickens live in enclosed mobile huts that are moved twice daily to fresh pasture.  The reason for the huts is that these chickens need extra protection from aerial predators.  They have plenty of space and live a leisurely life while eating their fill of greens, bugs, and non-GMO feed.

We breed our own cattle, so they live their lives on our farm.  Cattle are moved daily to a fresh section of pasture.  They are not allowed to back graze which allows the newly grazed plants to regenerate.  The cows are 100% grass fed.  In the winter, the cows move to a deep bedding pad and are fed hay.  The reason for this is that the pasture would turn to mud in wet conditions if we allowed the cattle to graze it during the winter season when the grass does not grow!  It also allows us to collect their manure for composting.

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